allow us to do additional outreach, which will take us closer to the 4 percent level.”

Dr. Wessner asked the MEP representatives what they needed going forward, and whether there has been any outreach to foundations. Ms. Mitchell of the Catalyst Connection said that she is definitely collaborating with foundations. She had just received half a million dollars from the R.K. Mellon Foundation to expand the T-RIC program, with a focus on technologies related to the Marcellus Shale activity. “So that’s our starting point, and we hope to build on that.”

Bob Hershey, an engineer, asked to what extent the MEPs were able to do collaborative work with several companies at once on a project they’re all interested in. Mr. Watson said they had just such a partnership that same day with seven companies wanting to export. “They’re going through one day a month for the next three months to develop their export plan. The other way that we can increase your penetration is by putting manufacturers in the same room who are interested in the same things and then generate impact from that. As we expand our number of customers, the idea of ‘group delivery’ is at the top of our list.” Ms. Mitchell said that in addition to exporting technologies, her group does open-enrollment training for many companies. The most popular are those that discuss lean certification and leadership certification. ” And we’re getting ready to launch an online tool which will facilitate cooperation between companies and providers, and between the companies themselves.”



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